Meaning of woonerf in English:


Pronunciation /ˈvuːnəːf/

nounplural noun woonerven/ˈvuːnəːv(ə)n/ , plural noun woonerfs

  • A road in which devices for reducing or slowing the flow of traffic have been installed.

    ‘The first set of minimum design standards and traffic regulations for the woonerf was adopted and legalized by the Dutch government in 1976.’
    • ‘Residential streets would be developed on the Dutch woonerf concept as part of the living space for local residents and children-and only secondarily serve as roadways for local access, temporary parking, and emergency vehicles.’
    • ‘In 1998, the British government adopted a ‘Home Zones’ initiative - the woonerf equivalent - as part of its national transportation policy.’
    • ‘Baker's article mentioned that the UK government had adopted a similar strategy, setting up ‘Home Zone’ pilot projects to apply woonerf principles.’


1970s from Dutch, from wonen ‘reside’ + erf ‘premises, ground’.